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Michigan's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Michigan's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Dan Kildee Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dale E. Kildee Democratic Party
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Michigan U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Dan Kildee, incumbent Dale Kildee's nephew, won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 15, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Michigan has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 9. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: Michigan elections, 2012

Incumbent: Incumbent Dale Kildee (R), who was first elected to Michigan's 5th Congressional District in 2002 and previously represented the 9th District from 1993 until 2003 and the 7th District from 1977 until 1993, chose to retire rather than run for re-election in 2012.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 5th Congressional District is located in the mid region of the lower penninsula of Michigan. It includes Iosco, Arenac, Bay, Saginaw, Tuscola, and Genesee counties.[4]

This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Dan KildeeGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jim Slezak
Libertarian Party Gregory Creswell
Independent David Davenport


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Michigan

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Michigan's 5th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 60D / 40R
  • 2010: 61D / 39R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Michigan's 5th Congressional District has a PVI of D+10, which is the 103rd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 64-36 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 59-41 percent over George W. Bush (R).[9]

Election results

The 5th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[10]

U.S. House, Michigan District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Kildee 65% 214,531
     Republican Jim Slezak 31.5% 103,931
     Libertarian Gregory Creswell 1.5% 4,990
     Independent David Davenport 2% 6,694
Total Votes 330,146
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

Michigan's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Slezak 63.9% 16,929
Tom Wassa 36.1% 9,567
Total Votes 26,496

Issues

Media

In the following two videos, Republican Jim Slezak and Democrat Dale Kildee announced their candidacy for the U.S. House.

Jim Slezak


Jim Slezak, "Slezak Announcement"[11]

Dale Kildee


Dan Kildee, "Dan Kildee Announcement"[12]

Campaign donors

Dan Kildee

Dan Kildee (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$182,150.49$117,296.68$(35,340.40)$264,106.77
July Quarterly[14]June 30, 2012$264,106.77$116,776.79$(80,880.66)$300,002.90
Running totals
$234,073.47$(116,221.06)

Jim Slezak

Jim Slezak (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$5,527.18$6,822.06$(5,376.41)$6,972.83
July Quarterly[16]June 30, 2012$6,972.83$150.00$(5,290.45)$1,832.38
Running totals
$6,972.06$(10,666.86)

Tom Wassa

Tom Wassa (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]March 31, 2012$2,000.00$2,510.00$(2,988.83)$1,521.17
July Quarterly[18]June 30, 2012$1,521.17$8,268.67$(4,892.88)$4,896.96
Running totals
$10,778.67$(7,881.71)

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kildee won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated John Kupiec (R), Michael J. Moon (L), and J. Matthew de Heus (G) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 5th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDale Kildee Incumbent 53% 107,286
     Republican John Kupiec 44.3% 89,680
     Libertarian Michael J. Moon 1.3% 2,648
     Green J. Matthew de Heus 1.3% 2,649
Total Votes 202,263

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  2. Michigan Secretary of State "2012 Registration Deadlines and Election Dates," accessed June 29, 2012
  3. "Rep. Dale Kildee to retire next year after 34 years in Congress" July 15, 2011
  4. Michigan Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed August 31, 2012
  5. "Dan Kildee announcing run for 5th District seat in U.S. Congress to be vacated by uncle, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee" November 1, 2011
  6. "Former Republican challenger John Kupiec not disappointed U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee won't seek another term" September 21, 2011
  7. "Former Republican challenger John Kupiec not disappointed U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee won't seek another term" July 15, 2011
  8. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Michigan," September 2012
  9. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  10. [1] Michigan Primary Election Results]
  11. YouTube channel
  12. YouTube channel
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Kildee April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Kildee July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Slezak April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Slezak July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Wassa April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Wassa July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 11, 2011